The Bauhaus school, founded in 1919 in Germany and active until 1933, was in contact with institutions in many countries, where it encountered similar movements that had arisen independently, and which lent the Bauhaus a strong stimulus. The international exhibition and research project bauhaus imaginista explores over one year these interconnections, resonance and receptions related to the Bauhaus.
Four chapters, each consisting of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and discussions, are based on one specific Bauhaus object (Gropius’ Bauhaus Manifesto of 1919, a collage by Marcel Breuer, a drawing by Paul Klee, and a light game by Kurt Schwerdtfeger). These objects become the basic framework for bauhaus imaginista, from which specific themes, historical genealogies, and contemporary debates are developed.
The chapter bauhaus imaginista: Learning From with workshops in Morocco, USA and a large-scale exhibition in Brazil traces the Bauhaus study of pre-modern craft techniques, materials and practices at the center of an examination of diverse transcultural connections. A preoccupation with the pre-modern extends throughout the work of Bauhaus teachers and students and beyond their work in Germany. In North as well as in South America contact with local craft practices led to the development of a modern idiom of forms and design, as well as to the introduction of new methods and techniques based on local and sometimes indigenous knowledge. This resulted in a program that gained a socio-political dimension for arts movements, in the process of cultural decolonization.
The meeting at the Goethe-Institut Rabat with Marion von Osten, Grant Watson, Maud Houssais, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa and Kader Attia addresses the transcultural and political dimensions of Bauhaus crafts studies. Departing from a 1927 drawing of an oriental carpet by Paul Klee, they will focus the transcultural readings of modernist art practice and the re-mapping of avant-gardes’ territories.
• “bauhaus imaginista: Learning from”. 8ntroductory talk
• “bauhaus imaginista: Learning from”. Discussion between Kader Attia, Maud Houssais and Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa